Anniversary Hiking: 10/18 – 24 WRD

A short visit to my mom, who seems to be doing well. I suspect the change in some meds and the fact that she’s on oxygen accounts for that — although the oxygen is literally a drag. The rest of the week was run, hike, rinse, lather, repeat!

Fall is in full swing here, so for those who don’t get Fall, you’re welcome.


I’m joining Kim @ Kimrunsonthefly and Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner, and another week strong on activity, a bit weak on rest.

Workouts update

  • Monday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles easy + surges, PB metcon (25 min)
  • Tuesday: Yoga (40  min), Anniversary Hiking Moreau Lake State Park, Yoga (20 min)
  • Wednesday: Yoga (30 min), 3 miles easy, Dogwalk AM,  PB Walking with Weights (25 min), Yoga (20 min)
  • Thursday: Yoga, (40 minutes), 2 mile hike
  • Friday: Yoga (40 min), PB 5.17 long-er run, Yoga (20 min)
  • Saturday: Yoga (30 min), Dogwalk AM, 1 mile recovery run, PB Walking with Weights (25 min)
  • Sunday:  Yoga + Dogwalk + Rest Day (except, packing — for me & Bandit)

Running Mileage: 12.17  (+1.17) 

PB = Killer B
TM = Treadmill
WU = warmup
CD = cooldown
SB = Stationary Bike

Running Update

I’ve been visiting local race courses lately (not on purpose); this one’s gone virtual though

Monday Intention: mostly easy + a little speed
I seem to be visiting race courses lately — totally unplanned. Since I’d pushed myself a little yesterday, I wanted to take it easy — but also remind my legs they can go faster. So I inserted some surges randomly through the second mile. Started out slow but negative splits for the win. My Garmin seems happy with my efforts lately. Summer running just isn’t my jam, and we are clearly out of Summer.

Neighborhood’s getting spooky

Wednesday Intention: EASY!!!
It’s a busy week of run, hike, run, hike, visit mom, etc. Our hiking yesterday was about 2 miles easy, 1 mile moderate. So I was determined to take it easy today — except I don’t watch my pace. So negative splits again; sue me! Mr. Judy offered to walk Bandit, which I took him up on, only they hadn’t gotten very far by the time I was walking home, so I ended up adding another mile on so they could both get some movement in, too.

Stopped in the middle of my long-we run to visit a place off the path I used to stop at for a post run snack (on the left)

Friday Intention: go long-er (working on endurance)
Normally I like at least one rest day before a long-er run, and visiting my mom tends to be stressful. It’s easier to just visit for a few hours compared to staying overnight and driving her all over.

Today went out for a long-er run determined to take it easy, and I mostly did. Splits all over the place, last mile fastest, but the overall pace was easy and felt it. A bit windy but I told myself how much better that was than running in heat & humidity!

More neighborhood color; it’s kind of spotty this year

Saturday Intention: recovery + endurance
Walked Bandit as a warmup and then headed out for the one mile recovery run. Except . . . I can’t seem to run slowly (for me) for just a mile with no walk breaks. I definitely wasn’t trying to push the past like I did last week with my 1 mile run, but it still ended up a little speedy for a recovery run (okay, a lot). Just a mile, though.

Annual Anniversary hike/lunch, new to us location

Favorites of the week
We are making up for previous lack of hiking this month! This is the second week of day hiking (with a second hike for me on the way to see mom) — and guess what? Booked an AirBnB for next week to finally test out Bandit away from home and a short getaway. Fingers crossed that the forecast changes because there are just amazing hikes where we’re going — but a not-so-amazing forecast (including 90% chance of rain one day).

Some hiking at Olana too on the way to visit mom

Albie (and of course, many Alvins) still sighted on the regular. Mr. Judy finally got a nice shot of Albie!

Lookin’ good, Albie!
Gotta admit chipmunks annoy me. First, they’re dumb. Second, for such a small critter they’re very noisy. But great photo, Mr. Judy!

GWY Yin Yoga to Destress

ICYMI: Are you ready for some de-stressing and self care? God knows I am and that’s why I created this video! This Yin Yoga Practice will help you open and strengthen your hips and lower legs and is perfect for runners even if you don’t need to destress like I do.

Relaxing Yin Yoga | Post Run Stretch click here * How Long to Hold Yin Poses? Vlog click here

Coming up on Tuesday & Friday: Why pumpkin is good for runners & how to deal with pie pumpkins. Friday it’s time to cozy up to the runfessional with Marcia @ Marciashealthyslice!

39 thoughts on “Anniversary Hiking: 10/18 – 24 WRD

  1. Happy belated anniversary. It’s nice that it falls in time for fall hiking. Mine is Jan. 16. We ignore sometimes. Lol.

    Weird weather. Or maybe normal for fall. Cold one day. Hot the next. Back and forth. I never seem to dress right.

    Yes. Rain predicted for almost everyday this week. Not that it will happen. Enjoy your vacation.

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  2. Speaking of rain…. yeah. Welcome to my Sunday 🙂 I’m so glad your mom is going better ❤ Our leaves have changed dramatically this week…all those cold overnight temps worked their magic (though cold temps = brrrr).

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  3. Happy belated anniversary.
    Glad to hear that your mom feels better.
    Good job on the negative splits, they help a lot to improve the speed.
    Alby and Alvin are lovely.
    Let’s enjoy this fall weather even if today I have run in short sleeves.

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  4. An anniversary hike sounds like a lovely way to celebrate. Mr J got some great pics! I just noticed a “fastest” final mile on yesterday’s run. In my case it’s probably because it took me that long to warm up. Great to hear your mom is doing better!

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    1. Normally we travel somewhere but that hadn’t been the case in a while. It’s definitely true it takes me a couple of miles to warm up & most of the time I’m not running longer than that! 🤣


  5. Ha yes we definitely don’t get fall down here so thank you for the pictures! I hope you have a nice getaway this week with good weather. And I think chipmunks should get points for being extra cute, to partially make up for their dumb noisiness.

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    1. 🤣 chipmunks are definitely cute . . . until your cat brings in their “toy” and you have to try to herd them back,out. Forget birds, I swear they are God’s dumbest creatures. We would practically line things up & make a route to the door & it still took hours! On more than one occasion.


    1. Wow, we had never seen an albino squirrel until this year & he’s the only one so far (don’t really know if he’s a he or she).

      He’s actually quite easy to spot — even from a distance — now. But in Winter he’s going to blend!


  6. Glad your mom is getting better! I like your anniversary hike tradition, and love the fall colors. There was a hint of changing colors in the Shenandoah this weekend, but it’s been so warm I think the brilliant colors are a few weeks off.I hope the weather cooperates for your getaway.

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  7. I love how you set intentions for every workout-I think that’s a great way to start a workout. Fall is my favorite season, I just wish the trees would hurry up and completely change over here! We have some yellow and a few red leaves but not the whole tree yet! And yay for Mom doing well!

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  8. That is excellent news to hear about your mom. I hope that she continues to improve and feel better. I know this has been such a stressful time for all of you.

    Love that up close photos of Albie! We don’t have any albino squirrels here. One time I saw a black squirrel a few years ago, but then he never visited again.

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  9. Thank you, Mr. Judy, for the awesome picture of Albie! I think I told you that someone posted a picture of a white squirrel seen very near to my back yard. I still haven’t him, though… Agreed, chipmunks are little jerks.

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